Barking asbestos waste fears continue

PUBLISHED: 16:21 17 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:32 17 June 2015

Robert Falconer outside the business park

Robert Falconer outside the business park


Plans for a waste management plant dealing with waste asbestos look set to be resurrected as the opposition among residents and businesses continues to grow.

Proposals for an asbestos transfer and waste storage facility at Barking’s Lyon Business Park were submitted by OCS Group Limited to the council “in error” earlier this year, prompting an objection petition which gained hundreds of signatures.

Now a second application has been submitted by the company – which makes no mention of the deadly fibres.

OCS say that although asbestos decontamination units will be on the site, there will be “no asbestos” at the waste transfer station.

But Joseph Plaskett, 67, of Charlton Crescent, who lives just 10 metres away from the site is unconvinced, and his petition now boasts more than a thousand signatures.

“It’s basically just a repeat of the original application but they’ve conveniently left out the word asbestos,” he said. “They seem hell-bent on getting this application through. The hours of business that residents are going to have to put up with are unacceptable.

“It’s going to be running 24 hours a day, seven days a week trucks coming and going, surrounded by a three-metre high perimeter fence – it will be like living next to Belmarsh.”

Managing director of freight-forwarding company W.E. Deane Ltd, Robert Falconer, 71, added: “It’s the same application just dressed up in a different manner.

“I feel it would be totally destructive to what we want to do. They’ve got to go somewhere else, it’s far too industrial for Thames View. It’s just stupid.”

The application comes 46 years after the closure of Barking’s notorious Cape Asbestos site.

The Harts Lane factory showered locals with its lethal dust as it made fire-resistant materials for houses and schools.

An OCS spokeswoman said: “These [asbestos] decontamination units are used for the decontamination of operatives which is carried out in the units on the site where they have been carrying out the asbestos removal works; the units are then cleaned and inspected, and issued with an air clearance test certificate by licensed consultants, before being returned for storage at the waste transfer station.

“There will be no asbestos at the waste transfer station.”

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